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NASA’s Opportunity rover enters its 16th year on Mars, but it’s still dead quiet

Today, NASA is celebrating the monumental achievements of the Opportunity rover as it tallies a full 15 years on the planet Mars. The rover landed on Mars on January 24, 2004, and it's had an incredible stretch of good fortune in its decade-and-a-half on the planet. Unfortunately, Opportunity has been silent for over six months, and it's unclear exactly what its status is. The solar-powered robot was swallowed up by a massive dust storm that engulfed the entirety of Mars last year, and ...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Earth, Mars, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, John Callas


Tencent Scores Twin Game Approvals After Months-Long Freeze

Tencent’s Wood Joints and Folding Fan secured operational licenses on Jan. 13, its first games to win approval since regulators resumed doling them out in December. China’s gaming industry, which generates more than $30 billion of revenue, was hammered in 2018 after regulators froze approvals for new games, preventing companies from making money off their hits. Regulators are now working through a backlog of thousands of games that accumulated as a result -- more than 350 have been cleared sin...
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What We Think Of Patel Engineering Limited’s (NSE:PATELENG) Investment Potential

Today we'll evaluate Patel Engineering Limited (NSE:PATELENG) to determine whether it could have potential as an investment idea. In particular, we'll consider its Return On Capital Employed (ROCE), as that Read More...
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HQ Trivia Reminds Us It Still Exists by Announcing Plans to Get Shittier

It’s about to get way, way harder to win any money playing HQ Trivia.Read more...
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Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence Wins 10 Out 11 Games Versus Pro Human Players

Deep Mind has a StarCraft II program AlphaStar. It is the first Artificial Intelligence to defeat a top professional human player. In a series of test matches held on 19 December, AlphaStar... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Deep Mind


Deep Mind Artificial Intelligence Wins 10 Out 11 Games Versus Best Human Players

Deep Mind has a StarCraft II program AlphaStar. It is the first Artificial Intelligence to defeat a top professional human player. In a series of test matches held on 19 December, AlphaStar... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
Tags: Science, Technology, Video Games, World, Artificial Intelligence, Innovation, Deep Learning, Deep Mind


Google's DeepMind AI Just Beat Two Pros At StarCraft II

Add StarCraft II to the list of increasingly sophisticated games at which well-trained AIs can smash fallible, meat-fingered humans to chunky bits. Google’s DeepMind AI beat two professional players of Blizzard’s StarCraft in two multi-game series that happened in December, the companies jointly announced today.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Pc, Kotakucore, Ai, Starcraft, Starcraft Ii, Deepmind, AlphaStar


Why NVIDIA Is Doubling Down on Home Robotics

The tech giant wants to change the world of robotics for the better. Here's what investors need to know.
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Star Trek: Discovery Recap: The Mothman Prophecies

An overstuffed episode moves at a breakneck pace between narratively convenient coincidences.
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Star Trek: Discovery goes on an old-fashioned away mission...and into The Final Frontier?

Star Trek: Discovery goes on an old-fashioned away mission...and into The Final Frontier?
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No, a blood test cannot detect Alzheimer's: Why more research is needed

Nearly five million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia, which causes life-changing memory loss. A new study found that higher blood levels of a protein called neurofilament light chain (NfL) correlated with the onset of symptoms in people with a genetic form of Alzheimer’s disease. The greater the levels of NfL at the start of the study, the more likely a person was to experience memory and cognitive decline 16 years later.
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Underground in Jerusalem, a rare look at an ancient tomb

Flashlight beams pierce the darkness and reveal an archaeological gem in underground Jerusalem few have had the chance to glimpse in recent years. It serves as a remarkable example of a Roman-era tomb -- considered among the largest in the region -- but it remains closed for now and largely forgotten in a corner of east Jerusalem. Talks are ongoing between France, which owns the site known as the Tomb of the Kings, and Israel to reopen it, and AFP was recently given an exclusive tour.
Tags: Science, France, Israel, Jerusalem, Kings, Afp


New Horizons probe sends a sharper view of space snowman … with a bashed-in face

NASA's New Horizons probe has already shown that its icy target, more than 4 billion miles away on the solar system's edge, looks like a cosmic snowman — but a higher-resolution version of the picture reveals the snowman to have an eerie pair of "eyes" set in what looks to be a deep depression. The 19-mile-long object — which is known by its official designation, 2014 MU69, or by its informal nickname, Ultima Thule — consists of what looks like two balls of ice and rock stuck together. S...
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8 of the Coolest Details We Learned From Into the Spider-Verse's Sumptuous Art Book

Oscar-nominated Ray of Pure Joy and Light Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is one of the best superhero movies of all time. It’s a movie so visually stunning, that we just couldn’t wait to get our hands on its accompanying art book to learn just how one of the most inventive animated features of recent memory came to…Read more...
Tags: Art, Books, Science, Superlist, Marvel, Sony, Sony Pictures Animation, Titan Books, Spider Man, Zac Retz, Spider Man Into The Spider Verse, Philip Lord, Alberto Mielgo, Shiyoon Kim, Marcelo Vignali, Vi Dieu Ngyuen


Ultima Thule shows its lumps in latest images from New Horizons flyby

The rendezvous between the New Horizons probe and the distant object known as Ultima Thule was an historic moment, but after the mind-blowing imagery the craft sent back from Pluto, you could be forgiven for being a little disappointed in how indistinct the early imagery was. Those concerns should be partly alleviated by the latest image from the probe, which shows the rocky world in considerably greater detail. It’s still not exactly poster quality, but remember, this is being beamed back bi...
Tags: Space, Science, Tech, Nasa, New Horizons, Pluto, LORRI, Alan Stern, Ultima Thule


IBM’s new quantum computer might not change everything, but it could make history

IBM recently debuted its System One quantum computer. It’s not the biggest or most powerful computer the company makes. But IBM thinks it’s the one that’ll end up in a museum 50 years from now, and it’s hard not to agree. TNW talked to IBM‘s CTO, Quantum Computing, Bob Wisnieff about what it was like to develop and build the System One. He told us the original idea was to show that IBM could build a reliable, functioning quantum computer that existed entirely outside of a laboratory. IBM‘s Syste...
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Ajit Pai and Republicans in Congress Helped Enable 'Bounty Hunters' to Track Your Phone

A growing chorus of Washington lawmakers is now pressing federal regulators to do something about the fact that wireless carriers have recklessly sold off data that can pinpoint the locations of their customers’ mobile phones (and thus the customers themselves). The firestorm of inquiries began after it was revealed…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Privacy, Washington, Phone tracking, Ajit Pai, Congress Helped Enable Bounty Hunters


Remains of British explorer Matthew Flinders, who helped map Australia, found at Euston's HS2 site

For a man whose lifetime of exploration placed Australia on the map, it was something of an irony that Captain Matthew Flinders’s final resting place remained lost for so long. Now, archaeologists carrying out a mass excavation of graves to make way for the arrival of HS2 have finally found the remains of one of Britain’s most celebrated seafarers. Captain Flinders is one of around 40,000 people buried at St James’s Gardens, London, where the terminus of the high-speed link between the capital a...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Cook, Abc, Australia, Britain, Royal Navy, Melbourne, Birmingham, Bill, Lincolnshire, George Brandis, St James, New Holland, Richmond


Bryan Singer Is Still Directing Red Sonja, World Still Terrible Place

Earlier this week, the world was (unfortunately) not so shocked to read an article in the Atlantic detailing new accusations of the sexual abuse and rape of underage children by X-Men director Bryan Singer. These accusations have been circling the director for a long time now. Today, even in light of the most recent…Read more...
Tags: Science, Atlantic, Lawsuits, Red Sonja, Bryan Singer, Terry Crews, Bryan, Avi Lerner, Millennium Films


2018 was fourth hottest year on record: researchers

The last four years have been the world's hottest since record-keeping began, with 2018 the fourth warmest on record, according to data published Thursday by US research group Berkeley Earth. Temperatures in 2018 were around 1.16 degrees Celsius (2.09 degrees Fahrenheit) above the average temperature of the second half of the 19th century, from 1850-1900, often used as a pre-industrial baseline for global temperature targets. The European Union's Copernicus Climate Change Service published its...
Tags: Science, US, European Union, Copernicus Climate Change Service, Berkeley Earth Temperatures


Surprise! Boeing hands Air Force the keys to not just one, but two KC-46 tanker jets

Boeing executives today added an extra twist to what was expected to be a cut-and-dried ceremony to hand over its first KC-46 tanker aircraft to the U.S. Air Force. Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, sprung the surprise in front of the hundreds of employees, Air Force personnel and VIPs gathered at the company's assembly plant in Everett, Wash., where the heavily modified 767 jets have taken shape. "I am delighted to be with you all today to celebrate the ...
Tags: Science, Air Force, Boeing, United States Air Force, EVERETT Wash, Boeing Defense Space, U S Air Force Leanne Caret


StarCraft II-playing AI AlphaStar takes out pros undefeated

Losing to the computer in StarCraft has been a tradition of mine since the first game came out in 1998. Of course, the built-in “AI” is trivial for serious players to beat, and for years researchers have attempted to replicate human strategy and skill in the latest version of the game. They’ve just made a huge leap with AlphaStar, which recently beat two leading pros 5-0. The new system was created by DeepMind, and in many ways it’s very unlike what you might call a “traditional” StarCraft AI. T...
Tags: Gaming, Science, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Starcraft, Protoss, Deepmind, Zerg, MANA, AlphaStar


Vegan leather

We've had vegan burgers and sausage rolls, could animal-free clothing be our next obsession?
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Pull Up a Lounger and Stay Awhile: This Yacht Has Plenty of Room

The 230-foot superyacht She features enough deck space and internal volume to stay on board for extended periods of time.
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Google’s Bid to Battle Amazon Suffers Blow as Walmart Withdraws

Walmart removed its products from Google’s Shopping Actions service, the internet giant said on Thursday. The retailer also recently dropped out of Google Express, a related delivery service. In March, Google unveiled Shopping Actions, which lets consumers more easily buy goods from retailers through the company’s search engine, digital assistant and Express delivery.
Tags: Google, Science, Walmart, Google Express, Battle Amazon Suffers Blow


‘Tragic and preventable’: Measles outbreak spreads across anti-vaccine ‘hotspot’ in Washington

The outbreak occurred in an area described by one doctor as a 'hotspot' for outbreaks due to its extraordinarily high number of unvaccinated children.The parents of children in Washington, Oregon and 16 other states are allowed to apply for personal or philosophical exemptions from the vaccines required to get into public school.The World Health Organization calls the propensity not to get vaccinated 'vaccine hesitancy', and the organization said one of its goals over the next 5 years is to decr...
Tags: Science, Washington Post, Washington, Oregon, Innovation, Portland, Disease, Who, World Health Organization, Houston, Vaccines, World Health Organization WHO, Washington Oregon, Baylor College of Medicine, National School of Tropical Medicine, Clark County


Snake Oil, Baloney and Parkinson's: 8 Steps to Evaluating If a Health Claim Is True

If you hear about a new "cure" or treatment for Parkinson's disease, here's how to figure out if it's true.
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Matt Smith Is Likely Joining Jared Leto's Morbius Movie

Remember when we all scoffed at the idea of a movie about a Spider-Man villain without Spider-Man, then Venom happened—and suddenly Sony’s Spider-Man-adjacent film universe didn’t seem so foolish? Another movie in that realm, the Jared Leto-starring Morbius, has inched closer to the screen with the announcement that…Read more...
Tags: Science, Marvel, Sony, Marvel Comics, Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Spider Man, Morbius, Daniel Espinosa, Morbius the Living Vampire, Sony Spider Man Universe


Woman Sues NASA for Allegedly Damaging Her Precious Apollo 11 Lunar Sample Bag

In 2017, Nancy Lee Carlson of Illinois auctioned off a genuine Apollo 11 lunar sample bag for $1.8 million dollars. That’s a good score given she purchased the bag for $995, but she was expecting as much as $4 million. The reason for the low value, she says, is that NASA damaged the bag—and she’s now suing the space…Read more...
Tags: Science, Nasa, Lawsuits, Illinois, Shenanigans, Apollo 11, Nancy Lee Carlson


Even Adults Sleep Better After Being Rocked to Sleep

A pair of new studies just might make you pine for the old days of being cradled by your parents. For both mice and healthy young people, the studies found, a gentle rocking motion before and during sleep resulted in a deeper slumber. And in humans, the rocking even seemed to improve their memory skills afterward.Read more...
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